Historic Flood Information
Information and images on significant floods

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MARCH 1997 FLOOD



The Huntington District experienced one of the highest Ohio River floods in 33 years. Several deaths were reported throughout the three state area of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Many communities that have floodwall protection installed the flood gates when flooding became apparent.
RC Byrd Bridge at Huntington,WV Floodgates at Huntington,WV Civic Center at Huntington,WV

The Storm

During the period of March 1-5, the Corps rain gages recorded amounts of 6-8 inches. Most of this amount was recorded in the twenty-four hour period of March 1-2.
Rainfall Map 1 Rainfall Map 2

Corps Reservoirs

The flood control reservoirs were utilized to store flood waters. Five of the Huntington District's reservoirs recorded record levels.

RECORD RESERVOIR LEVELS

RESERVOIR NEW RECORD LEVEL (FT) DATE PERCENT STORAGE
Yatesville Lake 644.67 3/6/97 97.8 Yatesville Lake
Grayson Lake 671.41 3/6/97 68.8 Grayson Lake
Beech Fork Lake 608.45 3/6/97 69.5 Beech Fork Lake
Paintsville Lake 723.70 3/6/97 61.3
Sutton Lake 961.87 3/6/97 46.9 Sutton Lake

RESERVOIR REDUCTIONS

CITY/TOWN REDUCTION IN FEET
Grayson, KY 4.6
Paintsville, KY 13.0
Burnsville, WV 14.1
Wayne, WV 6.0
Frametown, WV 6.6
Charleston LK 6, WV 7.5

Ohio River

RC Byrd Lock & Dam,WV Ripley,OH Catlettsburg,KY

OHIO RIVER FLOOD CRESTS

STATION FLOOD STAGE (FT) FLOOD CREST (FT) TIME DATE
Willow Island 37.00 33.90 0300 03/04/97
Marietta 34.00 33.49 0130 03/04/97
Parkersburg 36.00 37.00 0000 03/04/97
Belleville 45.00 40.10 0000 03/04/97
Racine 38.00 46.78 0400 03/04/97
Pt Pleasant 40.00 50.04 1200 03/04/97
RC Byrd 50.00 55.01 1400 03/04/97
Huntington 50.00 57.52 0530 03/05/97
Ashland 52.00 61.23 1800 03/04/97
Portsmouth 50.00 59.76 1800 03/05/97
Maysville 50.00 61.17 2000 03/05/97
Greenup 54.00 62.20 1200 03/05/97
Meldahl 51.00 61.12 2300 03/05/97


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Page Design: Paul E. Cook (ED-HR)
Data Compilation: Victor Pratt (ED-HR)
Photography: Mark Simpson (IM-CV) and Kerry Campbell (IM-CV)
Aerial Photography: Randy Campbell (PD-S) and Bob Daoust (OR-R)